Stock Ref: AST 1760

A good example of a rarely found Spanish naval officers fighting sword dating from c1800

66cm (26”) slightly curved flat backed blade with large single fuller running to the hatchet point. There is also a narrow fuller running along the back edge and through to the point. The blade is inscribed on either side with the words "No me saques sin razon”; and “no me enbaines sin honor". Translated as "Draw me not without reason; sheath me not without honour." And with floral decoration.

Brass three bar hilt with two curved bards and a flat stirrup hilt. Rearward facing down turned quillon.  Brass back piece and flat helmet shaped pommel with raised diamond shaped tang button. Leather grip with brass wire.

No maker: Probably imported from Solingen, Germany

Dated: c1800

Black leather scabbard with brass chape.

The sword is in very good condition for its age and long service use. The blade has some staining but is free from rust and there are no knicks. The engravings remain clear. The hilt is in good order, although the rearward quillon has been slightly bent up. There is slight movement on the tang. The grip and wire are in good order. The scabbard’s top mount is missing, the leather is aged, however the seam remains good.

This cutlass has been fashioned from a cavalry sabre of a type that was made in Solingen in the late 18th Century and exported to and used in the Spanish colonies. The way the blade has been cut down suggests that this was one of a batch made either for the Spanish Navy or for the Spanish Merchant navy. Wilkinson-Latham illustrates a similar full sized sword in his book  ‘Pictorial History of Swords and Bayonets Plate 81 describing it as a German sword – Light Cavalry Officers c1806. The addition of the inscription and the cut down version confirms its German origin.

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